My Winter in Black and White
Winter arrived yesterday with a shivery morning and an afternoon so gloriously warm and sunshiny that we had lunch outside with dear friends.
I wish I could share pictures of the brilliantly blue sky, lush, vibrant blossoms in my garden, and sunlight glittering on the water, but my poor camera is no more. It was barely wheezing through each shot before it met an ignominious end when I went dashing after a naughty goat and dropped the camera somewhere in the tangles of the bush.
Hopefully I will be able to get a replacement in the near future, but until then I’m reliant upon my old phone.
Here are glimpses of my wintry world:
This morning I was out grazing our goats in the bush when a herd of cows came pounding up through the trees! Needless to say, all of us were rather startled with goats going every which way, cows leaping about, and Luna happily dashing around thinking it was all marvelous fun. Good heavens. With my newly acquired whip skills (I can now crack it without injuring myself or anyone else – yay me!) I got everyone sorted and back where they belonged. When we went to let the neighbor know his cows were making merry in our paddock, I saw this lovely old tire swing and thought it looked so wonderfully summery and lazy and happy.
This is me, utterly knackered and resting in the shade of our old red tractor, taking a breather in between hauling 20 kg bags of concrete, logs, wire to get new fence posts sunk. It feels good to rest the old bones now and then.
One of our many prickly pears with our windmill in the distance. I’m excited to pick the prickly pear fruit later this year to make liqueur and jelly. I’m also told you can skin the thorn-covered paddles and eat them, so I’ll have to try that too.
We’ve been working so hard this week building fences, butchering goats and ducks, welcoming new chickens to the farm, incubating eggs, and planting more winter seedlings that there hasn’t been much time for resting. But when I do snatch a moment, I love to hide away in here, stretched out on the bed to nap or read. It’s so cozy in here, quiet and peaceful.
This picture makes me smile every time I see it. I was out early in the fields, guarding a hole in the fence so the goats couldn’t escape while they had their morning feed. I’d been out there about an hour when I looked up to see Bear striding toward me. When he got close he handed me a steaming cup of tea and a freshly toasted egg and tomato bread roll. Such a luv. It had been an exhausting week, yet being thought of like that made all the hard stuff worthwhile.
What does your world look like this week? xo